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Maersk orders six more green-fuel container vessels

Global sea-shipping company Maersk is adding to its fleet six container vessels that will operate on green methanol. 

Singapore-based Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group will construct the six 9,000 TEU ships, which are scheduled for delivery between 2026 and 2027. 

The move follows Maersk’s commitment to ordering only new-built vessels that can operate on green fuels. The company now has a total of 25 methanol-enabled vessels on order. 

The first methanol-enabled vessel – a 2,100 TEU feeder vessel – is set to be delivered to Maersk later this summer. 

Maersk Chief Infrastructure Officer Rabab Boulos said: “With this order, we take another step in the green transformation of our fleet and towards our target of becoming net-zero in 2040.” 

Etihad Cargo bolsters pharma logistics offering

Etihad Cargo has launched a programme to improve pharmaceutical logistics. 

The strategic initiative, called Pharma Champions, is aligned with Etihad Cargo's plan to become a global pharmaceutical and life sciences hub.

To this end, the company has in recent years improved its cool-chain products offering, including network, operations and processes. 

In the past 12 months, Etihad Cargo has seen a 49% increase in pharma and life sciences tonnage compared to the previous year. 

Pharma Champions was developed to enhance local expertise, to offer customers and partners improved service levels. The 

programme comprises online and onsite training, to help participants add value to current partnerships.

“Pharma Champions is an integral part of our cool chain strategy and operations for the coming years and will act as focal contact points in our key pharma markets,” said Tim Isik, VP Commercial at Etihad Cargo.

“This will enable us to enhance regional knowledge hubs, mitigating the challenges of operating across multiple time zones and ensuring we can respond to customer enquiries more quickly and efficiently."

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